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Veterans with PTSD may be able to obtain Social Security benefits, even if the VA refuses them veterans benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers both disability insurance (SSDI) and supplemental security income (SSI) benefits. Veterans can receive both SSDI and VA disability compensation without an offset. Unlike VA compensation benefits that are measured in degrees of disability, SSA benefits require a total disability that will last at least one year. If you cannot work because of your PTSD, contact the nearest SSA district office  (800-772-1213).  

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